"A Passion Redeemed" is the second part of Julie Lessman's "Daughters of Boston" series and continues the story of the O'Connor family in a very entertaining,heart touching way .In the first book "A Passion Most Pure" the story concentrated mostly on Faith O'Connor,in this book the main spotlight is on Charity,Faith's beautiful,stubborn,and flirtatious sister. Continuing elements from the first book,This story concentrates on the strained relationship Charity has with her family and her pursuit of Mitch Dennehy,an Irish newspaper editor in love with Faith.Written with both laughter and tears the reader is kept enthralled with Charity's story. Despite whatever flaws Charity has at first,Julie Lessman does a wonderful job of keeping her from becoming a one dimensional "bad" girl and makes her a sympathetic character that you root for. A brilliant sequel that will leave you wanting to read all the books in the O'Connor family saga.
This second book in the Daughters of Boston series is yet another great book by Julie Lessman! While Charity isn't as easy to like as Faith was in the first book, we understand why as we read this great story by a masterful story teller. Once again I am drawn to the books of Julie Lessman because of the passionate and tasteful way she writes about romance and the obvious passion she has for God. These books all together provide us with a wonderful story line and can best be enjoyed when read in the order written. I highly recommend this book by one of my very favorite authors, Julie Lessman.
This is the second book that I have read by Julie Lessman in The Daughters of Boston series. I loved it, too! In the first book, Charity was not a character that I liked, but by the time I finished this book, she touched my heart. It made me think how we tend to see the outward man of those we first encounter them and how, through time and prayer, we can see redeeming attributes of the inward man. When one sees the whole picture--a spiritual journey that Charity travels to find that redemption and love that she so needs--the story ends and you can't wait for the next book! Love the O' Connors. I was happy to have all 3 books available when I sat down to read these books so I didn't have to wait to see what happens in the lives of this family. What a wonderful reading experience!
I started this book not liking Charity O'Connor at all. I've never read a book where I didnÃ¢â¬Ët care much for a main character. I usually just quit, but I liked A Passion Most Pure so much, that I had to find out what would happen with Charity and Mitch. I am happy to say, that I did end up enjoying this book a lot. Charity grew on me as the story progressed. Julie is an excellent storyteller and I was quickly drawn into the story.
If you've read a Passion Most Pure, then you know part of Charity's story. For some reason, unknown to even her, she is often cruel to those closest to her. She pushes her family away and will manipulate a situation to what she thinks is her advantage. She uses people and the only ones she seems to truly love are her great-grandmother, grandmother, and best friend Emma. We get the impression that something awful happened to her, but we don't find out what until later on. While Charity has several unfavorable traits, she has a sweet side too, which is what endeared her to me. We see that she has a kind spirit, but for some reason, she hides it.
I loved Mitch! He was great in Faith's book, so I was super excited to read his story. He's a little rough around the edges and doesnÃ¢â¬Ët always react kindly. His faith has grown stronger and he's determined to live a life honoring God, but Charity makes it difficult. She gets under his skin like no one else, which leads to a lot of interesting arguments and altercations. We also see a kind side in him, as well. While gruff on the outside, inside he truly cares about those around him, sometimes against his better judgment. I loved how sweet he was with Charity, even when she was being a pain. He's perfect for her, because he doesn't allow her to push him around or manipulate him like she does her other beaus.
My favorite part was the redemptive theme woven throughout the book. Mitch and Charity both must be redeemed by God's love and love Him first. That is what He requires of each of us, that we love Him first and seek His will. Charity spends most of the book bucking His will and trying to go her own way. She is determined that she doesn't need Him, and my favorite part in the whole book is when she finally understands that she is His and she is redeemed. I almost cried with her. Mitch also learns that he cannot continue to allow himself to be defined by his past and cannot continue holding Charity's mistakes against her, either.
I love the faith in each book, because while entertaining, they also teach and remind. They teach us something new about ourselves and about God as we view our hearts and lives through this lens. They remind us who we are in Him and show us the kind of passion He has for us.